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  1. Braves call up 20-year-old Arodys Vizcaino for bullpen help

    Aug 10, 2011, 9:53 AM EDT

    2011 XM All-Star Futures Game

    Atlanta released veteran reliever Scott Proctor this morning and filled his roster spot by calling up 20-year-old phenom Arodys Vizcaino from Triple-A. Viczaino was acquired from the Yankees in the December of 2009 deal for Javier Vazquez and cracked Baseball America‘s top 100 prospects list coming into the season despite spending most of last year…

  2. Justin Morneau is swinging the bat well during his rehab assignment

    Aug 10, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT

    Justin Morneau

    While he may be too late to help the sinking Twins in the American League Central, Justin Morneau is at least swinging the bat well during his minor league rehab assignment. After going 3-for-5 with two doubles last night, he is now batting .409 (9-for-22) with four doubles and five RBI over his first five…

  3. Why Adam Dunn also swings and misses when searching for teammates

    Aug 10, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

    Adam Dunn

    CSNChicago’s Chuck Garfien has a fun article on the White Sox and the aliases they use checking into hotels.  Jake Peavy likes to dip into military history for his, while John Danks, trying to escape those looking to convert him, has opted for a cartoon character. Unfortunately, as Adam Dunn details, the aliases can change…

  4. Edwin Encarnacion could help a contender

    Aug 10, 2011, 8:30 AM EDT

    Edwin Encarnacion

    He’s more expendable than ever in Toronto following Brett Lawrie’s arrival, but Edwin Encarnacion, who has been tearing it up for the Jays for more than two months, could be a nice piece for a contender this month. Encarnacion was the Toronto offense last night, going 2-for-2 with a homer and two walks in a…

  5. Larry Bernandez is back, better than ever (video)

    Aug 10, 2011, 2:22 AM EDT

    OK maybe not, but the Seattle Mariners have brought back Felix Hernandez’s alter-ego in a new commercial promoting – what else? – Larry Bernandez bobblehead night. The first commercial was amusing enough (if you haven’t seen it, watch here), but Hernandez really shows off his talents in this one, clearly having broadened his acting skills…

  6. Cliff Lee hits second homer, denied crack at sixth shutout

    Aug 10, 2011, 1:04 AM EDT

    Cliff Lee

    The Phillies’ Cliff Lee, already with a major league-leading five shutouts, was denied a shot at No. 6 on Tuesday.  Having thrown 124 pitches, he was removed after eight scoreless innings in what turned out to be a 2-1 win over the Dodgers. Ryan Madson closed it out in the ninth, but not before giving up an RBI single to Casey Blake.…

  7. Mariano Rivera gives it up at home for first time this year

    Aug 10, 2011, 12:01 AM EDT

    Mariano Rivera

    Fresh off taking his fifth blown save Sunday in Boston, Mariano Rivera was beaten at home for the first time this year Tuesday, as he surrendered a two-run homer to Bobby Abreu in a tie game in what turned out to be a 6-4 loss for the Yankees against the Angels. Rivera entered with a…

  8. Jonathan Papelbon, on the other hand, is mowing them down

    Aug 10, 2011, 12:00 AM EDT

    Jonathan Papelbon

    Pitching for the third straight day, Jonathan Papelbon turned in a perfect ninth Tuesday against the Twins in Boston’s 4-3 victory, giving him 26 saves in 27 chances. Papelbon’s ERA remains somewhat inflated at 3.14, but he’s worked scoreless innings in 12 straight appearances.  During that span, he’s allowed just two hits and posted a 12/0…

  9. Welcome to Time Warp Tuesday

    Aug 9, 2011, 10:33 PM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Cincinnati Reds

    Tonight has been a pretty interesting night in that we have seen some excellent performances from pitchers who were written off a long time ago. Let’s start with Dontrelle Willis. Even though he took the loss tonight against the Rockies, he allowed three runs over eight innings while striking out 10 and walking just one.…

  10. Dan Uggla extends hitting streak to 30 games with infield single

    Aug 9, 2011, 10:06 PM EDT

    Dan Uggla

    Dan Uggla matched the Dodgers’ Andre Ethier for the longest hitting streak this season by reaching 30 with an infield single in the fifth inning Tuesday against the Marlins. Shortstop Emilio Bonifacio, who had a 26-game hitting streak snapped at the end of last month, handled the roller, but his throw wasn’t nearly in time…

  11. James Shields notches fourth shutout in win over Royals

    Aug 9, 2011, 9:30 PM EDT

    James Shields

    James Shields beat the Royals 4-0 in one hour, 53 minutes on Tuesday night, notching his fourth shutout of the season. The six-hitter was the fastest nine-inning contest in Rays franchise history. Shields moved into a tie with the Rangers’ Derek Holland for the most shutouts in the AL this year.  Cliff Lee is the major league…

  12. Twins prospect Kyle Gibson will not need Tommy John surgery

    Aug 9, 2011, 9:10 PM EDT

    2011 XM All-Star Futures Game

    At least not yet, anyway. According to Tyler Mason of FOXSportsNorth.com, Twins prospect right-hander Kyle Gibson was diagnosed with a flexor pronator muscle strain of the right elbow and a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament. He will report to the Twins’ complex in Fort Myers, Florida this week in an effort to rehab…

  13. Brian McCann likely to begin minor league rehab assignment Friday

    Aug 9, 2011, 8:29 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Atlanta Braves

    As Aaron mentioned earlier this morning, Brian McCann has maintained all along that he was hoping to return from the disabled list as soon as he is eligible on Friday. It was probably a little on the optimistic side considering that oblique strains usually sideline players for far longer, so it shouldn’t come as a…

  14. Two MLB.com writers robbed at gunpoint at Great American

    Aug 9, 2011, 8:03 PM EDT

    Great American Ball Park (photo by Derek Jensen)

    MLB.com’s Barry Bloom and Thomas Harding were robbed at 1:30 a.m. this morning about 15 feet outside Gate 3 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Hal McCoy of the Dayton Daily News reports. “I thought the guy was a fan as he approached, but he said, ‘We can do this the easy way or…

  15. David Ortiz reclaims his disputed RBI

    Aug 9, 2011, 7:48 PM EDT

    David Ortiz

    Call it “the RBI that won’t die.” Even after all of the lengths Red Sox GM Theo Epstein and owner John Henry went through to take it away from him, David Ortiz today was reawarded an RBI from last Wednesday’s game against the Indians. To review, Ortiz was initially credited with a two-run single on…

  16. Alex Rodriguez on track to return from disabled list next week

    Aug 9, 2011, 7:30 PM EDT

    File photo of Yankees' Rodriguez talking with the media during a news conference at the team's spring training camp in Tampa

    Prior to tonight’s game against the Angels, Joe Girardi told Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger that Alex Rodriguez is on track to return from the disabled list when the Yankees are on the road next week. “I don’t know if Monday is realistic,” Girardi said. “Part of it probably depends on where he starts…

  17. Stephen Strasburg to throw three innings Friday

    Aug 9, 2011, 7:02 PM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg

    Stephen Strasburg will make his second rehab start Friday and is slated to throw three innings for Single-A Potomac. It’s actually a bit of a surprise that the Nationals are missing a second opportunity to cash in here.  Potomac’s Pfitzner Stadium already figured to be packed Friday as the result of the highly anticipated Ian…

  18. Jason Heyward gets benched on 22nd birthday

    Aug 9, 2011, 6:37 PM EDT

    Jason Heyward

    Even though the Braves are facing a right-hander in the Marlins’ Clay Hensley tonight, Jason Heyward is riding the pine in favor of the Braves’ newest sparkplug, Jose Constanza.  It’s the second straight day on the bench for the 2010 All-Star, who is celebrating his 22nd birthday.  He’s sitting even though he homered and walked…

  19. Grady Sizemore won’t return during August

    Aug 9, 2011, 6:18 PM EDT

    Grady Sizemore

    The Indians gave Grady Sizemore‘s recovery a 4-6 week timetable when he underwent surgery for a hernia on July 18, but manager Manny Acta said Tuesday that it’s likely to be longer than that now. Acta ruled out a return for Sizemore during the month of August, though he did say Sizemore could resume playing…

  20. Playing in 1,218th game, Orlando Hudson bats cleanup for first time

    Aug 9, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    Orlando Hudson

    Incredibly enough, the Padres have scored 43 runs in their last four games. Still, they’re giving Orlando Hudson his first career start in the cleanup spot Tuesday against the Mets. Never in his life has Hudson batted from the fourth spot in the order, even in his appearances off the bench.  His previous 1,165 starts…

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